Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III: video comparison results will surprise you

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III: video comparison results will surprise you

The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s top-of-the-line phablet at the moment and one of the best phablets money can buy with features like a large 5.7” 1080p display, S Pen support and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, but what is not mentioned that often is the fact that it’s 13-megapixel shooter is capable of recording 4K video. Is this really that big of a deal, though? Photographer Alec Weinstein decided to do the ultimate test to see how the Galaxy Note 3 video recording compares to Canon’s top-shelf DSLR, the full-frame 22-megapixel EOS 5D Mark III DSLR, equipped with a SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

And the results might be a shock for you. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III: video comparison results will surprise you
But first, let us say that this is a daylight test (with plentiful sunlight) and the videos have been edited to look close to what the Note III produces. Weinstein adjusted contrast, saturation, sharpening, some color temp tweaks and did some slight exposure tweaks to the Mark III footage. Also, since small-sensor cameras like the one in the Note III do pump up shutter speeds, the same was done for the Mark III. On the Mark III, footage was recorded at 1080p, while on the Note 3 it was downsized to 1080p from 4K.

We won’t spoil it with any comments, but we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the difference in the video footage between the two. Do you think that in such conditions the Galaxy Note 3 is approaching the quality of a professional-grade camera like the Mark III? And which of the recordings you like better and why?

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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76 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nice, 4K is amazing!

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

But 4K technology is too far away, and 4K TV's are damn expensive. So, I don't see the reason to use 4K since I don't have a 4K TV and it will take a lot of space on your phone.

12. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

You want something, you gotta lose something. The storage space is just a small price to pay for videos with high details.

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And you can always scale it to 1080p retaining most details and reducing the size.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah, but I think 4K still looks a lot better than 1080p, even on 1080p screen. Though better buy a good memory card if I want to film a lot

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Did you see the above video it was downscaled from 4k to full hd. So it retained the details in a normal full hd video which you can watch on a smartphone, pc, tv whatever.

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

4K technology is still few years away from being the norm. However, like everyone said, when you compressed 4K footage down to 1080p, you'll just get amazing video quality.

31. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

lol actually its quit the same full HD and 2k screen smartphone display.. 4k footage from note 3 on a hd tv looks kina :-) sharper then the same footage but only in hd

38. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"But 4K technology is too far away..." Wake up it is already here!

66. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

They are not that bad Sears had on for $999 in a 55" as a christmas specal they are still in some of their stores allthowe I think they now want $1299.99 for a 55"

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Wow... note 3 out performed canon, great work samsung.... but in RAW canon is out performing note

70. DBounce

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Can't say I saw the Canon outperform the Samsung, not even in RAW mode. Where the Canon held a edge was in resolving colors. But that alone cannot save it from the fact that overall image quality was decidedly better on the Samsung.

33. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

looking forward to note 4

62. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i was going to buy n3 but i m waiting for n4 coz its only 5 months ahead.. hope its worth waiting

2. x88yunkw

Posts: 132; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Why don't you use Canon own factory lens?

3. express77 unregistered

Hope phones' camera reach current DSLR's level very soon.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

lol won't happen. It's even against the physics xD.

72. Chrisyahya

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

it can. ah yes, with photography skill too. hope any vendors make a detachable lens in Smartphone. it would be awesome!

4. SamDroid unregistered

Actually, not surprised. Samsung makes great cameras.

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Actually, not surprised. 4 times the pixels.

42. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

four times the pixels? while downsized to 1080p. imagination works. me is love sony too. good old days. *f@rts*

45. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

#44 please

47. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Don't mind him, you'll surely lose your mind! He comments and comments, he didn't bother to watch the video, he's a dumb k!d

51. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I know. But I can't let him be alone. Other ways he gets sad and lonely.

52. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

yes I need the sony grandpa to keep me entertained :(

55. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Exactly. Little children can't survive without wise grandparents' help.

53. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Go back to the nursing home! PS they love Nokias and Sonys there. lmaooooo

73. Chrisyahya

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

how bout Nokia Lumia 1020? what you think about it?

74. SamDroid unregistered

That sexy beast? With the right apps it can be an amateur moviemaker's dream...

5. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Note 3 wins.

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